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The Secret Garden Reviews

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Bill Kelley
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 1, 2013
That`s a more upscale marketing concept than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but it still doesn't make the movie any good.
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Megan Rosenfeld
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The young actors are quite proficient and un-sappy too -- it's not their fault if they too often seem like chessmen being moved around on the director's board, composed into picturesque tableaux.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 18, 1993
The movie is earnest, heartfelt, and, for all its lavishness, rather plodding.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
August 1, 2013
The film is not as enchanting as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
August 1, 2013
It's as if the moviemakers were trying to cook up a New Age Yorkshire pudding, without meat drippings -- what's missing is Burnett's robust optimism and animistic energy.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 1, 2013
Rather than a fresh breeze, it's the stale air of gilded calculation, the uncomfortable feeling that things are excessively "just so," that overhangs much that is genuinely appealing about this film.
Steve McKerrow
Baltimore Sun
August 1, 2013
The movie enchants, with a visual texture that clearly bears the mark of executive producer Francis Ford Coppola and confirms the arrival of Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
August 1, 2013
The film is gorgeous to look at, from its period accouterments to its wanderings in explored space (the house is full of secret passageways) to its use of color.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 1, 2013
Any kids' movie that aims for something richer than the Saturday-matinee escapism of smiling whales and preschool ninjas -- that actually captures some of the mystery of childhood -- ought to be embraced. whatever its peculiarities.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is a work of beauty, poetry and deep mystery, and watching it is like entering for a time into a closed world where one's destiny may be discovered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The Secret Garden has at least two things going for it: remarkable acting and mesmerizing cinematography (by Roger Deakins).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Great book, great adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
July 8, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
February 26, 2009
Executed to near perfection in all artistic departments, this superior adaptation of the perennial favorite novel will find its core public among girls , but should prove satisfying enough to a range of audiences.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Holland just perfectly captures a mood so dismally ugly or so cloyingly sweet that I, for one, felt like gagging. I admit what she did, she did well.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2013
Screenwriter Caroline Thompson and director Agnieszka Holland have turned Frances Hodgson Burnett's rather gothic 1911 children's book into an evocative, beautifully realized picture.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
With well-judged performances played straight, and topical subtexts (Green consciousness, the dysfunctional family), this 'children's' film sets no age limit on its potential audience.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 20, 2002
An earth-cherishing drama about the restorative powers of nature, friendship and nurturing.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 16, 2008
What's truly marvelous about this Victorian fable is the wonderful performances from the child actors.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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